Hairstylists are almost always in demand for cutting and styling men's and women’s hair. As a stylist, you of course will be responsible for cutting and styling hair. You may often be asked to color, bleach, highlight or lowlight your customers’ tresses. You could also be called upon to curl or straighten their hair. Sometimes salons hire assistants to take care of shampoos, but in other cases you will be shampooing. At times you might work with artificial hair such as wig, hair extensions and weaves. You will also be plying such tools of your trade as straighteners, hair dryers and curling irons.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all 50 states require that you complete a hairstyling training course at a cosmetology school or hairstylist school prior to working in your profession. Training programs can take several months, and then you must take a licensing exam. You are also required to renew your license at regular intervals.
If you are unsure whether you would make a good hairstylist, consider whether you are creative and have good fashion sense. Think about whether you are detail-oriented and skilled with your hands. You should like working with people and have high standards for customer service. A great hairstylist or hair designer also must punctual for your appointments and able to work on your feet for extended time periods.
Depending on your workplace, you may be answering the phone and keeping track of appointments. Some salon owners might expect you to make an effort to sell beauty products to clients. In any establishment, you will almost certainly be responsible for keeping your own work area clean and your styling tools sanitized.
You could work for a major salon chain on a salary basis, or you may find a niche in a beauty shop that rents stations to stylists. In this situation, you would have your own exclusive clientele. You would arrange your own schedule and take care of collecting payment. Other shops hire stylists as employees and take care of administrative details. In this type of salon you will likely serve a combination of walk-in and scheduled customers.
If you are a skilled hairstylist, you can build an active client base that keeps you very busy. Eventually you could open your own hairstyling salon and help other stylists establish their careers.
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